Types of Services
I offer weekly open classes, weekly classes for groups/organisations, 1:1 sessions, and bespoke and public workshops. Sign up to my newsletter for more details!
I am able to tailor a class/workshop to meet the needs of your group.
Regular classes – I teach a fortnightly gentle movement and meditation class specifically for South Asians for the South Asian Community Care collective. For more details and to sign up, e-mail me there.
Private classes – I am available to run a regular class for your group.
One-off classes – you can hire me to run a one-off session for your group.
1:1 – I hold tailored 1:1 sessions where I ask you to answer a few questions that inform how I tailor sessions for your specific needs.
Open workshops – for details of upcoming workshops, sign up to my newsletter.
Private workshops – I run private workshops in Movement, Meditation and Rest and can also design something bespoke that works for you .
Before attending Jilna’s classes I had attended yoga and movement classes sporadically for much of my life. Jilna’s is the first class that I’ve ever attended consistently. In her classes (unlike in others) I’ve never been made to feel as though there’s something wrong with my body if I can’t do a particular movement (she often offers ‘two versions’ rather than the ‘right way’ vs the ‘alternative/easier’ option).
“The best way to take care of the future is to take care of the present moment” – Thich Nhat Hanh
The meditation that I teach is grounded in my own practice in the insight meditation tradition. I approach meditation as a practice of coming more fully into our present moment experience.
The meditations that I guide can be done sitting, including on a chair, standing, or lying down and you can meditate with your eyes open or closed.
There’s a common misconception that meditation is about ‘emptying the mind’/not having thoughts, and that if this isn’t happening, you’ve got it ‘wrong’. The meditation that I practice and teach is about learning to tend to the entirety of what is emerging in your experience. The qualities that we aspire to cultivate include:
- Deep listening
- Relaxed effort
No two classes or workshops are ever the same which
gives them an exploratory and playful feel.
The movement that I teach draws on several traditions and practices. These are:
- Yoga asana – physical ‘postures’ or ‘shapes’ found across various styles of Yoga practice
- Chair-based yoga – approaches movement in a way that is more supported and soft through the use of a chair for grounding
- Feldenkrais Method – explores moving with awareness to foster greater physical and mental ease, efficiency and joy
- Somatics – emphasises self-healing through listening and responding attentively to our experience (such as breath, sensations, etc)
- Qi Gong – an ancient Chinese system of practice that focuses on the inner energy body through combining movement, breath and mindfulness.
Working with a range of tools means that I can plan my classes and workshops carefully to tend to the diverse needs and experiences of those attending.
In all of my classes and workshops, you will always be encouraged to take my instructions in the spirit of invitations – you are your most important teacher.
I will always offer variations of shapes and movement; it is my role to make sure that the practices adapt around you and not the other way round.
“A good teacher is someone who can help you to get back to a teacher within”
– Bell Hooks
Whilst the concept of Hatha yoga has changed over time, my teaching focuses on ease of breath and movement; the breath helps to hold the movement and the movement arises out of the breath. We move and breathe in a way that cultivates a balance between effort and ease.
Yin Yoga which is about ‘being’, as opposed to ‘doing’. The emphasis here is on softening and releasing and the specific asanas (shapes) that we practice can allow for a sense of deep relaxation. The shapes in Yin Yoga are seated or done lying down. Yin Yoga can help us to tap into the parasympathetic nervous system which is responsible for our ‘rest and digest’ functions and is important in regulating stress responses.
“How can we access pleasure and joy and liberation if we’re too tired to experience it?”
– Tricia Hersey, Founder of The Nap Ministry
The way that many of us find ourselves living means that our nervous systems are often in complete overdrive, making it difficult to connect in with the parts of our nervous system that enable social connection and rest (the ventral vagus nerve) . This is especially the case for people who have caregiving responsibilities and who are at the forefront of resisting and challenging oppression. Many of my classes include practices that help us to rest, such as lying down deep relaxation meditations, self-massage and cranial holds. I also run workshops centred specifically on rest. Rest is essential for our wellbeing and we are so often lacking in it. My emphasis on is also inspired by the work of others, including Thich Nhat Hanh and The Nap Ministry.
Jilna has facilitated yoga & breathing sessions for members at Blackfriars Settlement, many who have had experiences in the mental health system. She teaches very sensitively, which is essential when working with people who have had trauma and distress lodged in their bodies. Jilna uses speech skilfully in the instructions that she gives so that everyone is able to follow her simple guidelines. Another important aspect of her facilitation is how she encourages people to make their own choices when offered exercises to follow – this is empowering and builds confidence. There is a strong sense that Jilna understands her practitioners and this comes through in how she teaches.
“Rest, radical care and stillness wants to wrap around our shoulders like a soft shawl. Explore the comfort”
– The Nap Ministry
SOME OF MY PAST WORK
Through your class, you gave Land in Our Names staff the calm grounding that we needed in order to do the work that we needed to do